Hello Fellow Bloggers!
Look what I received this week!
What an honor! Thank you, Libarah, at liba.home.blog for nominating me for this blogger recognition award.
As part of receiving and posting this award, I was asked to give a summary of how my blog started. Well, back in 2012 when I was new to Montana, I joined a local Writers’ Group. One of my fellow writers, Lilie Allen, was a WordPress blogger. I logged on to her site to enjoy her creativity between our various group meetings. She encouraged me to start a blog of my own, so I did. Thank you, Lilie.
I was also asked to give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
- My first piece of advice is to start slowly. Like maybe once a week. Dip your big toe into this blogging pool. Test the waters. Write from your heart. Share things you have written before to see what kind of reaction you get.
- Secondly, read other bloggers’ posts and respond to them. Find people like Cristian Mihai and Jordan Peters at “The Art of Blogging” who have WordPress sites full of great ideas. Glean advice from those who’ve perfected their craft and generously share their blogging tips with those of us who are working at honing our skills in this new world.
Then, hardest of all, I was asked to select at least 15 other bloggers to pass this award on to. How do I pick? How do I know their blogging addresses? I wored on this and can’t figure out how to make these names work as links for you. And it was hard to narrow it down to fifteen. There are so many good ones out there. These are some of the ones I follow and appreciate:
And last, I was asked to let each nominee know I’ve nominated them and give a link to my post. Here is my notification. I wonder if they’ll see it.
Thank you, again, Liba at Libarah for honoring me with your selection. Now how do I get that wonderful award to show up on the margin of my JanBeek blog?
I love writing. I imagine you do, too, or you wouldn’t be on WordPress. Oh, maybe you don’t think you’re a writer, but you are entertained and informed by good writing, and so you are an avid reader. Whichever the case, you know writing and reading are important components of learning. Folks who only get their news from TV or the spoken word miss a lot!
As a writer, I enjoy learning new skills, new techniques, new styles. I love poetry and I enjoy learning new poetry forms. Today I discovered http://www.poetcollective.org As I was looking to learn more about Joseph’s Star Poem, the site introduced me to Punnett, a nine line poem. I’ll try it tomorrow. But for today, here is the Joseph’s Star, a 7 line poem with the word count of 1/3/5/7/7/5/3. Try it! It’s fun!
Pen your love
To all your friends
Write only encouragement
Try to be inspiring
Dwell on things happy
But do write
If you try this Joseph’s Star poetry form, post one for me in the comments section, would you? I’d love to see your rendition.
Are you familiar with Affirmagise? It’s a WordPress blog whose subtitle is “Affirmagise yourself a happy life!” This week she challenged us with this title, “I love myself enough to challenge myself.” Then she admitted that she has a mindset that is similar to mine. She often tells herself, “If I don’t do it first thing, then it won’t get done!” Whatever IT is, she’s right! I tell myself the same thing… and what does that do? It gives me a cop-out, an excuse to sit here at the computer and keep on blogging because “First thing” has passed – and now it’s already ten in the morning. I didn’t go to my sanctuary at 7:00 AM. I didn’t go to the Fitness Center at 8:00 AM. “Life got in the way,” I often tell myself. You don’t identify with that mindset, do you? Well, Affirmagise says it’s time to affirm a different mind-set. It’s never too late to love yourself enough to DO NOW what you somehow didn’t get done “first thing.” So long, my friends. I’m off to the Fitness Center – – – and I can always go up to my sanctuary for my time of meditation later today. Right? See you in my prayers! 🙂